KAYSVILLE -- He has returned and is calling plays for an unbeaten Darts' team averaging 41.5 points per game, the second-highest in the state 5-A ranks.
Tyler Gladwell, welcome back to Davis High.
After an ill-fated and non-playoff season at Bonneville (3-7 overall, 0-5 in Region 5) in 2012, Gladwell has come home to the brown and gold.
"It doesn't feel like I ever left," he said. "Everybody has treated me great and welcomed me back. (Principal) Dee Burton and the administration have been great. I have a great teaching schedule and coaching responsibilities."
This is Gladwell's sixth year at Davis, where he was defensive coordinator for four years and coached receivers and defensive backs his first season.
Gladwell is the Darts' offensive coordinator, with head coach Ryan Bishop taking over as special teams coordinator.
"I called the offense at Bonneville, but before that I had always been a defensive coordinator," Gladwell said. "Ryan still has a big part of the offense and defense. I'm happy with the move and the dynamics of our coaching staff. Everything is going well.
"If this opportunity hadn't come up, I would have stayed at Bonneville and tried to get that going and kept working hard."
Gladwell and Bishop remained in contact throughout the 2012 football season and over the winter.
"Ryan said there was the possibility of a teaching opening at Davis," Gladwell said. "I applied and got hired the end of March or first of April."
He is teaching health and physical education at Davis.
So why forego being a head coach and calling your own shots?
"It's the teaching position and being here at Davis with the great kids you have here and the faculty," Gladwell said. "I want to be a teacher and a coach at Davis. As long as Ryan Bishop is here as the head coach, I'll be an assistant. Being on his staff and being a teacher here are really important to me."
Gladwell intended on a long tenure at Bonneville.
"When I took that job, I was planning on being there for a long time and getting the program going again. I was excited about the opportunity," he said. "Then there was an opportunity for me to come back here, so it was a decision of what best benefited myself and my family.
"Do I go back to Davis or stay at Bonneville?" Gladwell asked. "Going back to Davis was in the best interest of my family and my career."
Gladwell and his wife, Jennifer, have 4-year-old twin daughters and a 7-month-old son.
Gladwell finished up the 2012-13 school year with the Lakers, starting Davis football in May with 7-on-7.
"The offensive coordinator thing just developed over the summer," Gladwell said. "It was Ryan's idea to turn the offense over to me. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator.
"I think Ryan has enjoyed being special teams coordinator, as well as taking a bigger role with the defense while still being involved with the offense."
Being a former high school and college quarterback has provided Gladwell with invaluable insight as an offensive coordinator.
"I have a lot of experience on that side of the ball and feel comfortable calling plays on that side of the ball," he said. "The kids are doing a great job of executing. With our defense playing so well, it has put our offense in a position to have success. We're seeing a lot of short fields with our defense creating turnovers."
The Darts are in their second year of running the spread.
"We're running an offense and plays tailored to the type of kids we have," Gladwell said. "We have a very athletic offensive line and the way we block matches them very well. We have talented skill kids who are good in space, which is what we want to do.
"We have good runners, and we can throw the ball and have success throwing it downfield to our receivers," he said.
"There is always room for us to improve; I like our execution. We're not satisfied where we're at and trying to get better.
"It's a completely different mindset calling the offense rather than the defense with different challenges," Gladwell said. "On offense, you're trying to manipulate the game. On defense, you're trying to react to the game.
"Each week we add a little more to the playbook," he said. "Each week we want to do something different, so it will vary week to week."
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